False Neutral #43: Alpha Makr with Mark Atkinson

Our guest this week is Mark Atkinson, the man behind the Alpha BMW that was recently named the 2016 Hooniversal Car Of The Year. Mark is not only a highly skilled machinist, fabricator, and tinker, but also an accomplished two-stroke tuner and longtime veteran of the Bonneville Salt Flats. We discussed his past endeavors, what is ahead for him and Alpha, and his views on engineering, aesthetics, and the dangers of perfectionism.

You can find his build thread for the Alpha by clicking this link to the ADVrider.com forum.

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False Neutral – Alpha Makr with Mark Atkinson


Mehmet Erdem's Alpha Concept
Mehmet Erdem’s Alpha Concept
Alpha takes shape in Mark's shop
Alpha takes shape in Mark’s shop
Mark's LSR RD400/RZ350
Mark’s LSR RD400/RZ350
1995 HONDA RS125R racer
1995 HONDA RS125R racer
Yamaha TZR250
Yamaha TZR250
Eric racing his RZ500
Eric racing his RZ500
Pete's Bultaco Pursang Model 135 roadracer
Pete’s Bultaco Pursang roadracer
Mark's Bultaco Sherpa T Model 199
Mark’s Bultaco Sherpa T Model 199
Snarlyjohn's Bultaco-Rotax hybrid LSR bike
Snarlyjohn’s Bultaco-Rotax hybrid LSR bike
US Patent No. 8746721B2 by Jean-Michel Thiers
US Patent No. 8746721B2 by Jean-Michel Thiers

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3 responses to “False Neutral #43: Alpha Makr with Mark Atkinson”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    I admit I hadn’t expected quite that much geologic content.

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    Mark is totally interesting to listen to; great episode! A peek into a talent that guys like me can only dream of possessing. An amazing part of the world of motorcycling.

  3. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    You guys used to race bikes? Far out!